Charles Edward GODDARD

GODDARD, Charles Edward

Service Number: 141
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, Morphettville, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 22 March 1890
Home Town: Rose Park, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: 19 June 1966, aged 76 years, cause of death not yet discovered, place of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Tusmore Burnside District Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville, South Australia
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 141, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 141, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Lincoln, Adelaide
12 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 141, 10th Infantry Battalion
21 Feb 1920: Discharged AIF WW1

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Biography

Background

 

Charles Edward Goddard was 24 years old when he enlisted for WW1. He wasn’t married at the time and was working as a farmer. He lived in Rose Park, South Australia and died on the 19th of June 1966. After the war he would end up marrying Anna Magdalena Scheibley and had 4 children with her. He lived on Alexander avenue in Rose Park South Australia, and enlisted on the 19th of August in 1914 receiving the regimental number 141. After the war he returned to Australia on the 22nd of August 1919, later dying od natural causes. 

 

 

Life on the Western Front

 

He served on the Western Front for the majority of the war and his rank was private. I would imagine life on the Western front would’ve been very hard for him. I was unable to uncover any notes that he sent home but one of the documents was addressing a letter he sent home being lost. Being on the front line would have been a grueling task and the sound of a gun or bomb going off would’ve been unbearable. The only thing keeping him going would’ve been the thought of home and letters to and from family. While serving on the front line he obtained two injuries. He was bombed which was unspecified what injury he obtained from this but was also shot in the thigh. He was admitted to hospital on the 15/10/15 and was discharged on the 17/2/16 which means he spent over four months in hospital. He started to have atrophy on the thigh muscle. atrophy is (of body tissue or an organ) waste away, especially as a result of the degeneration of cells, or become vestigial during evolution. Atrophy makes it impossible to move your arm or leg and can create muscle loss, Treatment will depend on the diagnosis and the severity of your muscle loss. Any underlying medical conditions must be addressed. Common treatments for muscle atrophy include: exercise, physical therapy, ultrasound therapy, surgery and dietary changes.

Anzac spirit

 

The definition of Anzac spirit - “The Anzac spirit or Anzac legend is a concept which suggests that Australian and New Zealand soldiers possess shared characteristics, specifically the qualities those soldiers allegedly exemplified on the battlefields of World War I.”

My soldier, Charles Edward Goddard had massive amounts of bravery, literally running while bullets flew towards him and one impacting on his leg. He would’ve also showed loyalty to his country and exemplified what it was to be a true fighter.

 

 

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